This collection of six large record books from Company M of the 4th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry consists of a clothing book,
a descriptive roll of the company, morning reports, the record of a general court martial, and an order book. In addition
to specific information regarding people and events, these books provide insight into the general routine and living conditions
for Civil War soldiers.
The 4th Illinois Cavalry Regiment was mustered into United States Military service on September 26th, 1861 in Ottawa, LaSalle
County Illinois. The regiment left Ottawa with 1050 enlisted men and 46 officers. The regiment fought the Battle of Shiloh,
Tennessee and served in Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas and Mississippi. The 4th Cavalry returned to Springfield in 1864, and the
reenlisted soldiers were consolidated with the 12th Illinois Cavalry Regiment in Texas on June 14, 1865.
These materials are believed to be in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use of public domain materials.
Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.